This Report represents the culmination of a year-long project undertaken by the Crowley Program to update the study of the use and impact of the Internal Security Act (ISA) in Malaysia in light of international law obligations. We reference first those international commitments that Malaysia has expressly adopted. However, these are very few--reflecting the antipathy felt by the Malaysian government for international obligations of this sort. Additionally, we have made reference to the generally-accepted international law provisions applicable in this context--intended both to demonstrate the extent to which the ISA deviates from widely-upheld international norms, even if those norms are not ones expressly accepted by Malaysia. We have also referenced the extent to which other States, contemplating reviving or enacting similar laws, will fall afoul of their more readily undertaken international obligations in doing so.
Nicole Fritz and Martin Flaherty,
Unjust Order: Malaysia's Internal Security Act,
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